Boomtown Rats to play first festival in 25 years

Bob Geldof is to be reunited with the Boomtown Rats for the first time in more than 25 years at a UK festival this summer.

The band, famous for the hit singles Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays, are to play together for the first time since 1986 for an exclusive UK performance at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Geldof said: “Playing again with the Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh.

“We were an amazing band and I just feel it’s the right time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit.

“Also, I’ve always fancied playing the Isle of Wight Festival ever since I hitched there in the good/bad days when I was a kid.

“I saw The Who, Doors (I think), Hendrix and Leonard Cohen, who incidentally blew Hendrix off the stage, and Kris Kristofferson, who was also amazing — God, so many cool bands.

“I also told several very boring frog anarchist types to go and fuck themselves and then stayed for a night in Hawkwind’s tent.

“That’s pretty low. Maybe Hawkwind are playing again this year. Maybe I could use the tent again. It will be a privilege to be on that stage.”

Festival promoter John Giddings said: “It’s great they have chosen the Isle of Wight Festival as their reunion. Our audience will love them, their catalogue is classic.”

Formed in 1975 in Dublin, the Boomtown Rats played their first UK shows with the Ramones and Talking Heads. They were one of the biggest bands of the late 1970s into the 1980s with a string of top 10 hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards.

They became the first Irish band to have a UK number one with Rat Trap.

They will play on the main stage of the festival on Sunday, Jun 16.

Other acts already announced include headliners The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi, as well as Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Ke ha, Ben Howard, Jake Bugg, The Script, Bloc Party, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees, Ellie Goulding, FUN, Blondie and Devlin.

The event takes place in Seaclose Park, Newport, between Jun 13 and 16.

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